August 18, 1989
"The Catcher in the Rye," J.D. Salinger's 1951 novel about a rebellious teen-ager, has been removed from a Kern County high school's reading list. Complaints from parents about profanity in the novel prompted The Muroc Joint Unified School District to remove the book from the list earlier this month, said board member F.O. Roe. The novel will remain in the libraries at the district's high schools. "We had such a horrible outcry from the community," said Roe.
December 15, 1989 |
As the first step in a legal campaign to invalidate new textbook guidelines governing the teaching of evolution, conservative religious groups announced Thursday that they will challenge the procedures used to adopt the new policies. The Rev.
October 7, 1989 |
The school board of a tiny Northern California logging town has unanimously voted to continue requiring its second graders to read a Dr. Seuss book that two prominent local families charge is a thinly veiled attack on the timber industry.
May 20, 1990 |
In a case closely watched around California, a school district's ban on R-rated films, including such acclaimed movies as "Apocalypse Now" and "Rain Man," has been declared unconstitutional. The Contra Costa County Superior Court ruling Friday by Judge Richard Patsey stops the district from enforcing a 1986 policy that banned movies based solely on the Motion Picture Assn. of America's rating system. The San Ramon Valley Education Assn.
January 15, 1989
A state appellate court opinion has restricted a Kern County school district's ability to ban two books from its curriculum and said the school board had no authority to ban the books if the decision was based on religious grounds.
July 4, 1989 |
A state Court of Appeal on Monday struck down a novel municipal law banning newsrack sales of sexually explicit newspapers from residential neighborhoods. An ordinance adopted by the City of Alameda, apparently unique in the state, had sought to limit the location of such vending machines in the same way other communities have restricted adult theaters and bookstores offering material that is explicit but not legally obscene.